Cecil B. DeMille

Film director Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil Blount DeMille was an American film director and Academy Award-winning film producer in both silent and sound films. He was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. Among his best-known films are Cleopatra; Samson and Delilah; The Greatest Show on Earth, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture; and The Ten Commandments, which was his last and most successful film.
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Celebrated dancer Marge Champion Comes to Hallmark senior residence - Tribeca Trib
Google News - over 6 years
“Cecil DeMille gave my father a loan to open a dance school in 1931, the teeth of the Depression,” she recalled. “I was 12 years old and I became his assistant.” A parade of Hollywood stars sought out Ernest Belcher. She and her father went to Shirley
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Pattinson's acting skills: the elephant in the room - First Post
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The advert makes the movie look like Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge meets Cecil DeMille's 1952 classic, The Greatest Show on Earth, but sadly director Francis Lawrence's new offering fails to capture the charm of either. Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame
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Three Flicks for Holy Week - Texas GOP Vote
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Cecil DeMille combined showmanship, debauchery and reverence in many of his biblical features. An early important figure in early Hollywood, DeMille was a storyteller and in his 1932 now forgotten, Sign of the Cross
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Get Reel: Celebrating Easter and Passover in film - Herkimer Evening Telegram
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OK, it's even longer than "Exodus," but director Cecil DeMille knows his way around a spectacle. Plagues? Check. Parting of the Red Sea? Check. He certainly was familiar with the story, since he made a silent film version in 1923
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Adventures of a Man Who Defied the Gods: A Tale Retold With a New Goal of 'Reality'
NYTimes - almost 21 years
UNDER a brilliant Mediterranean sky last fall, in a sandy cove surrounded by forested hills, a tribe of warriors gathered around a funeral pyre as eerie chants filled the air. They laid a body on the pyre and set it ablaze. ''Without Achilles we are lost,'' lamented one of the warriors. ''We will never enter Troy.'' The others agreed that the death
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  • 1959
    Age 77
    DeMille died of a heart ailment at age 77 in January 1959.
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    In the early hours of January 21, 1959, DeMille died of heart failure.
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  • 1954
    Age 72
    In 1954 he was seeking approval for a lavish remake of his 1923 silent film The Ten Commandments.
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    In 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott asked DeMille for help in designing the cadet uniforms at the newly established United States Air Force Academy.
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    On November 7, 1954, while in Egypt filming the Exodus sequence for The Ten Commandments, DeMille (who was seventy-three) climbed a ladder to the top of the massive Per Rameses set and suffered a serious heart attack.
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    In 1954, DeMille began his last film, the production for which he is best remembered, The Ten Commandments.
  • 1952
    Age 70
    His first attempt at a drama set within a semi-documentary frame was The Greatest Show on Earth, a saga of circus performers released in 1952.
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  • 1937
    Age 55
    Katherine became an actress at Paramount Pictures, ultimately gaining his approval. In 1937 she married actor Anthony Quinn.
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  • 1936
    Age 54
    DeMille was one of the first directors to become a celebrity in his own right. He cultivated the image of the omnipotent director, complete with megaphone, riding crop, and jodhpurs. From 1936 to 1944, DeMille hosted Lux Radio Theater, a weekly digest of current feature films.
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  • 1928
    Age 46
    When "talking pictures" were innovated in 1928, DeMille made a successful transition, offering his own innovations to the painful process; he devised a microphone boom and a soundproof camera blimp.
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  • 1913
    Age 31
    On December 12, 1913, DeMille, his cast, and crew boarded a Southern Pacific train bound for Flagstaff via New Orleans.
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    In July 1913 DeMille, Jesse Lasky, Sam Goldfish (later Samuel Goldwyn), and a group of East Coast businessmen created the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company.
    By 1913 he was having difficulty supporting his wife and baby daughter.
    DeMille found success in the spring of 1913 producing Reckless Age by Lee Wilson, a play about a high society girl wrongly accused of manslaughter starring Frederick Burton and Sydney Shields.
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  • 1902
    Age 20
    DeMille married Constance Adams on August 16, 1902 and had one child, Cecilia.
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  • 1900
    Age 18
    DeMille began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in the theatrical company of Charles Frohman in 1900.
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    DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900.
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  • 1881
    Born in 1881.
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